A man who reportedly darted across Van Ness last night was killed after being struck by a car, making it the sixth pedestrian death since mid-December.
Officer Albie Esparza says police were called to the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street at about 6:20 p.m. where they found a 38-year-old man who had been hit by a car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was standing on the westside of Van Ness Avenue, between Grove and Lech, where he was engaged in a verbal altercation, Esparza says.
The man then darted across Van Ness, clearing six of the seven lanes of traffic; he was fatally struck in the seventh lane on Van Ness Avenue, police say. The driver, who was only described as a woman in her 20s, stopped and cooperated with police. She did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.
"There was apparently no negligence on the part of the driver, since the traffic was flowing at the time," Esparza told the Chron. "It was just a tragedy."
As of this morning, medical authorities had not identified the victim. The investigation is still ongoing, Esparza says.
SFPD's Traffic Collision Investigations Unit is taking the lead on the investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the cops anonymously at 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with "SFPD" at start of message.
This is the 10th pedestrian hit on San Francisco streets in the last two weeks, prompting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hold a joint meeting between a safety committee and its neighborhood watch next week to discuss pedestrian safety issues.